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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Logo The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer association with headquarters in Pagosa Springs, CO. It was organized in the spirit of joint community stewardship of the Chimney Rock National Monument's cultural, heritage, and natural resources through public interpretation, information, education, and participation. CRIA works in cooperation and partnership with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest (USDA Forest Service). This partnership is authorized through a Special Use Permit between CRIA and the Forest Service.

CRIA's volunteers support the mission to preserve and protect the Monument while educating the public. CRIA promotes public education, interpretation, and stewardship of culture and history through guided tours and special events. Volunteers reach out to the community through free programs for school children and monthly potluck dinners/speakers for volunteers and the public at the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
Mission Statement

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), a non-profit organization, is devoted to providing increased numbers of visitors with a meaningful, enjoyable educational experience through interpretive tours and special programs and to the long term preservation of Chimney Rock National Monument.

Great House Wall Programs at the Monument are presented by trained volunteers. In addition to a 2-day training session each Spring, volunteers receive a thick training manual and on-the-job continuous training.

CRIA's bylaws require election of a board of trustees (trustees' biographies) at an annual meeting each fall. The current board of trustees and officers are: Alan Saltzstein, president; Susan Fischer, vice president; John Harris, secretary; Jonnae Benzel, treasurer; and Gloria Bissmeyer, Pat Hasenbuhler, and Kristi Nolan, at-large trustees. CRIA also supports several part-time, paid personnel - an administrative director, a marketing coordinator, a business manager, and day managers who assist in day-to-day operations at the site.
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Address: Chimney Rock Interpretive Program
             P.O. Box 1662
             Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
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